Giants outfielder Nori Aoki was struck in his batting helmet by a Jake Arrieta pitch on August 9 and landed on the disabled list four days later with a concussion. Aoki returned on August 20 and played in the Giants’ next 11 games, but he has now been absent from the starting lineup for six days straight due to a recurrence of post-concussion symptoms.
It’s possible we might not see him again this year.
Aoki is scheduled to visit with a brain specialist on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. There should be an announcement about the next course of action Thursday, and a complete shutdown seems like a safe bet.
Aoki has been an important presence at the top of the Giants’ lineup this year when healthy, batting .287 with a .353 on-base percentage in 93 games. He carries a $5.5 million club option for 2016 that will almost certainly get exercised.
San Francisco currently trails the Dodgers by 7 1/2 games in the National League West.
Kris Bryant absolutely unloaded on a fastball from Diamondbacks starter Rubby De Le Rosa in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, driving it off the new video board in left to tie the game 1-1. If that same ball were hit this time last year, it might have connected with one of those buildings across Waveland Avenue.
MLB’s Statcast estimated the distance of the home run at 495 feet, which makes it the longest home run hit by any player in Major League Baseball this season. Watch it fly …
A nice surprise here for the team with baseball’s best record.
Randal Grichuk has been activated from the disabled list and will be available off the bench for the Cardinals in Sunday night’s series finale against the visiting Pirates.
Grichuk only missed around three weeks with a strained right elbow muscle. He began taking batting practice last Monday and was given the go-ahead to return to the Cardinals’ active roster after a meeting with team doctors on Saturday. The elbow strain was bothering Grichuk more on throws than swings, so it might be a little while before he returns to the field.
The 24-year-old outfielder has been one of the breakout stars of the 2015 season, batting .284/.333/.561 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI in 85 games for the National League Central-leading Cardinals.
Tommy Pham and Jason Heyward have been taking most of the reps in center field in Grichuk’s absence. Jon Jay got the start there Saturday fresh off the disabled list and he’ll play there again on Sunday night.